Be there

by Jordan Owens

Fri., Dec 31

New Year’s Eve Oldies Dance Party Guilford Grange; 4909 Guilford School Road, Greensboro; 336.852.0515; 8 p.m.; $5

Swing, twist and watusi to your favorite tunes at the New Year’s Eve Oldies Dance Party.They’ll be playing music from the 1930s to the 1990s as well as seasonal favorites you can rock along with while you ring in the new year. Profits from the admission price will benefit the Greensboro Urban Ministries, so count down to midnight with a good cause in mind.

Wed., Dec 29

Greensboro’s Kwanzaa Celebration Hayes Taylor YMCA; 1101 E. Market St., Greensboro; 410.615.9795;; 6 p.m.; FREE

Whether you’re familiar with Kwanzaa or new to the holiday, you’re invited to celebrate Ujima (cooperative economics) tonight during the fourth night of Greensboro’s first week-long Kwanzaa event. Festivities will include a candle-lighting ceremony, guest speaker Luther Falls and an extravagant art showcase. There will be opportunities for community building and sharing for the whole family. Harambee!

Thurs., Dec 30

Graylyn Holiday Estate Dining Graylyn International Conference Center; 1900 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem; 336.758.2425;; 5-9 p.m.; Entrées start at $15.50

You’ve almost reached your last chance to celebrate the season with a holiday dinner at Graylyn. The Main Dining Room is open for the month of December only, offering quiet and intimate dining within the grandeur of Graylyn’s Manor House. Executive Chef Greg Rollins is serving up an a la carte menu featuring American cuisine and seasonal goodness. Reservations are required.

Sat., Jan 1

Family Video grand Opening Jamestown Family Video; 108-I Main St., Jamestown; 336.454.0083;; 12-4 p.m.; FREE

A brand new Family Video location is introducing thousands of movie and game titles for rent in the Jamestown community. Bring your whole family and join the staff during their Saturday opening celebration for free pizza, door prizes, a live DJ, and a Rock Band Challenge game. Maybe even sign yourself up for a fast, free and easy membership.

Sun., Jan 2

The Yoga of Silly New Planet Yoga; 1150 Burke St., Winston-Salem; 336.922.2955;; 3 p.m.; $12

Accentuate the positive and activate your funny bone. It’s no joke — laughter can be an extreme stress-buster, as well as improving blood flow, boosting your immune system and reducing muscle tension. Bring your friends and giggle your way to a merry new year.

Mon., Jan 3

Trivia Night The Green Bean; 341 South Elm St., Greensboro; 336.691.9990;; 7:30 p.m.; FREE

Gather up your smartest friends and put on your thinking caps for trivia at the Green Bean Coffeehouse. Teams of up to five players can join in the fun, answering 30 multimedia questions for a chance to win cash prizes. Trivia starts at 7:30 sharp, but show up early to get a good table.

Tues., Jan 4

Songwriters Open Mic Night The Community Arts Café; 411 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem; 336.793.8000; www.; 7:30 p.m.; FREE

Grab your guitar and showcase your songwriting skills on the Underground Theatre stage. Musicians of all kinds are encouraged to share their new songs at the Community Arts Café for an evening of music and networking.

Wed., Jan 5

Artworks Reflects on 2010 Artworks Gallery; 564 N. Trade Street , Winston-Salem; 336.723.5890;; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; FREE

Look back on the year that was through a collection of works from 2010 at Artworks Gallery on Trade Street. The members of the artist-run co-op present paintings, drawings, prints, photography and sculpture to celebrate the wrap up of another year. The exhibit runs through Jan. 29.